Indonesia seizes record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine in the Northern Island of Batam
February 22, 2018 | Brainwave Science
According to Reuters, Indonesia seized a record 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a ship off the northern island of Batam. This is the second major drug bust this month, officials said.
Customs inspectors said they spotted the vessel between Indonesia’s Sumatra Island and Singapore and reported it to police. Indonesia has among the world’s strictest anti-narcotics laws and drug trafficking is punishable by death.
“It’s an estimated 1.6 tonnes and yes, this is a record seizure for us,” said Sulistiandriatmoko. The details of its origin and destination are still under investigation. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that Southeast Asia’s trade in methamphetamines and heroin was worth $31 billion in 2013.
Earlier this month, the Indonesian navy seized 1.3 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a ship spotted in the strait between Singapore and Indonesia. Head of the anti-narcotics agency, Budi Waseso, declared that authorities had a tip from Chinese and Thai authorities for the shipment coming from Myanmar, disguised as a fishing boat.
“It had been to Australia…and in and out of Indonesian waters several times. This means this ship had repeatedly entered Indonesia carrying large quantities of narcotics,” Waseso said.
Drug trafficking poses a serious transnational problem to many countries in the world. Increased drug trade means increased health risks for victims and consumers, increased levels of violent crime such as homicides, and a diminished rule of law and the very political structures supporting it.
The large quantities of narcotics that are trafficked in the Indonesian area pose a real threat to authorities and the population, making law enforcement’s challenge even harder.
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